Boro youngster set to sign

Middlesbrough are set to hand a new deal to top prospect Mark Kitching, the latest youngster to emerge from their famed academy.

Boro have one of the most productive youth systems in English football, and Aitor Karanka does not look like shying away from using the club's own talent.

Karanka has promoted a number of young players to his squad in recent weeks, including Kitching.

Kitching, who can play anywhere down the left side, as well as in midfield, is regarded very highly at The Riverside, and was on the substitutes' bench for the recent wins over Birmingham and Derby County.

Now Sky Sports understands that Kitching has agreed terms on his deal, believed to be for two years, and he should sign this week.